BERNARD ROGERS: Soliloquy for Flute.
WAYNE BARLOW: Rhapsody "The Winter's Past."
BURRILL PHILLIPS: American Dance.
HOMER KELLER: Serenade.
Howard Hanson conducting the Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra.
Recorded in 1941
Digital transfer by F. Reeder
Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
Howard Hanson, conductor
01 BERNARD ROGERS: Soliloquy for Flute and String Orchestra
Joseph Mariano, flute
02 WAYNE BARLOW: Rhapsody "The Winter's Past" for Oboe and String Orchestra
Robert Sprenkle, oboe
03 BURRILL PHILLIPS: American Dance for Bassoon and String Orchestra
Vincent Pezzi, bassoon
04 HOMER KELLER: Serenade for Clarinet and Strings
Rufus Arey, clarinet
Victor 78rpm Album M-802 (18101, 18102)
Recorded in 1941
BERNARD ROGERS (1893-1968) was a composer and teacher at Eastman School of Music. Rogers began his career as an architect aspiring to be a painter and continued to paint throughout his life. He studied music and composition with Arthur Farwell, Ernest Bloch, Percy Goetschius, and later with Nadia Boulanger. He was on the editorial staff of Musical America and taught at the Cleveland Institute and Hartt School of Music before taking a position at Eastman School. He retired in 1967.
Bernard Rogers (1893-1968) was professor of composition and chair of the composition department at Eastman from 1930 to 1967. He was born in New York City, and studied architecture before turning to music. His early composition teachers were Hans van der Berg, Arthur Farwell, and Ernest Bloch. After the successful premiere of his symphonic elegy, To the Fallen, by the New York Philharmonic in 1919, Mr. Rogers was awarded a Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship for study in Europe. In 1927, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and with Frank Bridge in London. He began to teach composition and orchestration at Eastman when he returned to the United States in 1929. In the ensuing 38 years, he taught more than 700 composers, many of whom went on to achieve international prominence. Mr. Rogers’ work as a composer included four symphonies, three operas, several major choral works, and numerous works of chamber music. His book The Art of Orchestration has been acknowledged as a classic in its field since its publication in 1951. He received honorary doctorates from Valparaiso University and Wayne State University, and was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1947.
WAYNE BARLOW (1912-1996), professor emeritus of composition, entered the Eastman School in 1930 and received his graduate and undergraduate degrees. In 1937, he was awarded a Ph.D. in music (composition) here, becoming the first person in the United States to receive such a degree. He also spent time at the University of Southern California, where he studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg. Before completing his doctorate, Howard Hanson asked him to join the faculty. A pioneer in the field of electronic music, Dr. Barlow founded the Eastman Electronic Music Studio in 1968. He was chair of the composition department from 1968 until 1973, and dean of graduate studies from 1973 until his retirement in 1978. His compositions include sacred music, works for chorus and symphony orchestra, and pieces for chorus and pre-recorded tape. Throughout his career as a composer, Dr. Barlow received numerous awards and honors, including several ASCAP Awards. His works were commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony, the Catholic Diocese of Rochester, the Penfield School District, and the Brevard School of Music. He was in demand as a guest lecturer and visiting artist and professor, specializing in topics such as electronic music, 20th-century composition, musical acoustics, and the American composer Charles Ives. In 1955-56, Dr. Barlow was the Senior Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Copenhagen, the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, and Aarhus University in Denmark. In 1964-65, he received a post-doctoral grant to research work in the electronic music field in Belgium and Holland, at the Universities of Brussels, Ghent, and Utrecht. In Rochester, Dr. Barlow also served as music director at Christ Episcopal Church and choirmaster at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
BURRILL PHILLIPS (November 9, 1907 – June 22, 1988) is an American composer born in Omaha, Nebraska. Perhaps his best known work is Selections from McGuffey's Reader, settings of three 19th century American poems. The first movement, "The One Horse Shay", is based on a work by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., while the second and third, "John and Priscilla Alden" and "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere", are based on works by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
HOMER T. KELLER (b. Oxnard, California, February 17, 1915; d. May 12, 1996) was an American composer of contemporary classical music.
He graduated from Oxnard Union High School in Oxnard, California in 1933, after which he attended the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Howard Hanson, obtaining B.M. (1937) and M.M. (1938) degrees. In 1939 he was awarded US$500 in the 1939 Henry Hadley Foundation compeition.
He taught at the University of Michigan (where his notable students included Leslie Bassett), then at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon from 1958 to 1976. His notable students at the University of Oregon include Ralph Towner, Stephen Scott, Donald Harris, Raymond Barker, David W. Maves, Robert Scott Thompson, Lawrence Crawford, Burt Levy, Dwight Beckham, and Jim Cockey. Also at the University of Oregon, Keller worked with Jon Appleton to set up that university's electronic music studio.
His music has been conducted by William Strickland. It is published by the American Composers Alliance.
Keller's last residence was Montclair, California.
The Homer Keller Papers are held by the Eastman School of Music.